Deaths after Stockholm attack
We now know several people have died and more have been injured after a terror attack which saw a lorry plough into pedestrians in Stockholm.
Police issued an image of a man they want to trace in connection with the outrage in a busy shopping district in the centre of the Swedish capital.
Two people are currently being questioned by police, but spokesman Lars Bystrom added: “That doesn’t mean they are suspects.”
Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said the incident appeared to have been “a terror attack” as police said the driver of the truck had fled.
Vu Ly, a 24-year-old student living in Stockholm, witnessed the incident. He said “it was very intense”, and “people were going crazy”.
The student, originally from Vietnam, compared the scene to last month’s attack in Westminster, adding: “I’ve never witnessed anything like that with my naked eyes, it was terrible.”
NHS cuts hit disabled
Hundreds of sick and disabled people could go without wheelchairs after health bosses cut back on free access in St Helens.
Disabled people in St Helens will no longer be entitled to a free wheelchair after health bosses cut the service due to a rise in demand.
NHS chiefs admitted there was rising need for the equipment, but blamed this increased demand and funding pressures for forcing it to tighten its rules.
The moment police wrestle a man to the floor
Customers looked on at the Leaf cafe in the city centre about 45 minutes ago as police officers came in and wrestled a man to the floor.
At least one man was taken away after a struggle at the Leaf cafe on Bold Street, with seven officers reportedly needed to pin him to the ground.
Video to come.
Police detain man in Leaf cafe
Several police cars have pulled up on Bold Street, blocking traffic - and officers detained a man in the Leaf cafe.
More details when we get them.
Grand National Day sells out
This just in from Randox Health:
“All enclosures at Aintree are completely sold out for tomorrow, Randox Health Grand National Day.
“The last remaining tickets for the steeplechase enclosure sold this morning.”
We’ve also seen the ITV viewing figures for yesterday - 700,000 watched the opening day - the highest since 2008.
Aintree results from last race
Full result from the last race:
- 1st Lalor 33/1
- 2nd Enniscoffey Oscar 18/1
- 3rd Western Ryder 6/1
Liverpool man wanted in drugs investigation
Lancashire Constabulary are looking for a Liverpool man in connection with the supply of Class A drugs in Lancashire.
Christopher Nimbley, 36, whose last known address was on Mill Street in the city is wanted after a large quantity of heroin and crack cocaine were recovered at an address in Liverpool on Friday 3 February as part of an investigation into the supply of drugs in Blackpool.
Aside from the Toxteth area of Liverpool, he is known to have links to Preston, Blackpool and London.
Nimbley is described as mixed race around 6ft 2ins, Medium build with brown eyes and shaved hair.
DCI Rebecca Smith from Blackpool Police said: “We need anyone who may have seen Nimbley to make contact with us as soon as possible so that we can speak to him as part of our investigation.
“I would also urge Nimbley himself if he sees this appeal to hand himself in at the nearest police station so that we can sort these matters out at the earliest opportunity.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20170203-0592. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.
The best of Ladies Day - roundup
There’s been plenty going at Ladies Day at Aintree today - here are some of the highlights:
- Suited and booted - the best dressed men spotted at Aintree on Ladies Day
- Ladies Day best dressed style award winner is Faith Amond for 2017
- Ladies Day 2017: Hats off! 17 brilliant pics of fascinators and headwear
- That moment Pete Price got called a lizard at Ladies Day
- Grand National - 44 things everyone thinks when they go to Aintree
Full eyewitness accounts from Stockholm
Eyewitness Helena Reynis told Mirror Online she saw that truck pass her at high speed before smashing into the department store.
“I was in Zara at Drottninggatan with my friend Birna Hrönn Gunnlaugsdóttir, we are about to walk out the store and then we hear people scream and run against us into the store and then we see the truck passing us in such high speed.
“We run back into the store to the back and everyone is screaming. Everyone just got stiff but still trying to find a way out the back. Then we hear some noise again and then people start screaming again and panicking even more.
“Everyone starts running out through the backenterance of Zara to Hötorget. People are running into everyone so my purse string even broke from all the chaos.
“Then we decide to try to run as far away from the street Drottninggatan and we run as far and as fast as we can towards Sveavägen where we find a bus that takes us to my brother that lives in North of Stockholm.
“I just froze. Didnt see it hit anyone, it went really really fast. Everyone is completely shaken I ran like I’ve never done before.”
Annevi Peterson described people lying dead and injured in the street with blood everywhere. ‘’I heard the noise, I heard the screams, I saw the people,’’ she told BBC News.
‘’There was, just outside the store, there was a dead dog, the owner screaming, there was a lady lying with a severed foot.
“There was blood everywhere, there were bodies on the ground everywhere.
Vu Ly, a 24-year-old student living in Stockholm, witnessed the incident. He said ‘’it was very intense’’, and ‘’people were going crazy’’.
The student, originally from Vietnam, compared the scene to last month’s attack in Westminster, adding: ‘’I’ve never witnessed anything like that with my naked eyes, it was terrible.’’
Images of the horror in Stockholm
This is the scene of the shocking incident in the Swedish city:
One eyewitness, who works on the sixth floor of an office building 100 metres from Ahlens, filmed people running from the scene.
Mikael Anttila, a 49-year-old portfolio manager at bank SEB, told the Press Association he saw several hundred people gathered on the street close to the shop, before they all started running “suddenly ... like ants”.
“Then a lot of police started coming. Heavy weapons, civilian police, etcetera,” he said.
What we know about suspected Swedish terror attack
A truck crashed into a large crowd of people in the centre of the city of Stockholm, killing three people and injuring others in what is feared to be a terror attack.
This is from the Mirror:
Witnesses say the large vehicle - which is thought to be stolen - drove into people in the shopping district of Drottninggata in the Swedish capital.
Footage from the scene shows terrified shoppers fleeing in terror. Unconfirmed reports say three armed men jumped out of the truck with two shot dead by police.
The incident comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year.
Horrific images from the scene show pools of blood in the street.
Swedish police have issued a warning to avoid the city centre.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has said the truck crash appears to have been “a terror attack”.
He told reporters: “Everything indicates that this is an act of terrorism.”
Sweden crash close to 2010 terror scene
The shocking crash this afternoon in Sweden is close to the scene of a terror attack in 2010 when Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Luton, blew himself up.
The Press Association has this information on the previous attack:
The terrorist, who police concluded acted alone, died on December 11 2010 in the Bryggargatan area.
No-one else was killed. Abdulwahab rigged an Audi car with explosives in the hope that the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan, a busy shopping street, where he was waiting to set off two more devices strapped to his chest and back.
The car bomb never went off and, after setting fire to the Audi, he was unable to detonate the other two explosives as planned.
He made his way down a side street off Drottninggatan and, in an apparent attempt to fix the faulty trigger up his sleeve, set off the bomb on the front of his body, killing only himself.
Terror attack suspected in Sweden
A reporter for Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on the scene in Stockholm said police suspected the crash was terror-related.
"People started screaming" in Sweden as truck rams shoppers
More on this disturbing news from Sweden.
Pictures on social media showed the lorry had crashed into the corner of the mall, with its cab on fire.
Speaking to the news site, eyewitness Jan Granroth said: “We stood inside a shoe store, and we heard no noise, and so people start screaming.
“So I look out at the store, so I see a huge truck slams into the wall opposite.”
Hundreds "run for lives" after truck hits pedestrians in Stockholm
Three people have been killed and shots have been fired after a truck ploughed into pedestrians in Stockholm, Swedish radio has reported.
The incident was in Drottninggatan, a street in a busy shopping district in the centre of the Swedish capital.
Police said a number of people had been hurt in the incident, which comes after trucks were used in terror attacks in Nice and Berlin last year.
Newspaper Aftonbladet quoted a witness saying they saw hundreds of people running for their lives near the Ahlens mall Another witness told the newspaper that the out-of-control truck ran over at least two people.
Stockholm truck crash
Some terrible breaking news from the Press Association.
Some football news and Everton are still sweating on Morgan Schneiderlin’s fitness but they can start thinking about challenging for a top six spot if they record maximum points over their next two home games reckons manager Ronald Koeman.
The Blues have consecutive matches at Goodison Park against Leicester City this Sunday and Burnley the following Saturday.
Ladies Day live
Slow traffic on A5080 Edge Lane Drive in both directions at A5047 St Oswald’s Street / B5179 Rathbone Road. In the roadworks area.
Ladies Day - traffic
Heavy traffic in Aintree on A506 Longmoor Lane in both directions at B5187 Long Lane / Hall Lane.
Vehicle on side in Birkenhead accident
A vehicle ended up on its side in Birkenhead. Police confirmed they were called to Canning Street around 1pm. A fire engine and ambulance has also been sent but at this stage it’s not known if anyone has been hurt.
Man sexually assaulted in G-Bar toilets
Police want to speak to this man in connection with a sex attack in the gents of a city centre bar.
Merseyside Police has issued a CCTV image of a man they want to trace after another man was sexually assaulted at the G-Bar in Eberle Street.
At around 4.30am on Saturday, March 11, the victim was in the male toilet when he was approached by an unknown man and sexually assaulted.
Door staff escorted the man away but he has not been identified following extensive enquiries.
The man is described as black, 25-30 years old, 5ft 10in - 6ft tall, of broad / athletic build, with black hair, a thin, black beard, and was wearing a gold/black baseball cap, a dark t-shirt and dark-coloured jeans.
Detective Inspector Martha Allbutt said: “We are keen to speak to the man pictured, or anyone who recognises him, immediately. This was an distressing incident which has left the victim traumatised and we are determined to identify the person responsible.”
Anyone with information is urged to call 101 to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously and for free, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online .
Ladies Day: Trains latest
Appeal over lost anti-psychotic drugs
Merseyside Police is appealing for the public’s help in finding a bag of prescription medicine lost in Wirral.
The police said:
The prescription drugs (four weeks supply of Clozaril) was left on a Number 38 bus travelling from Birkenhead to the Croft Retail between 11am and 12pm on Tuesday, 4 April 2017.
The tablets could have serious side effects if taken by anyone in large quantities, or by anyone other than the person they had been prescribed to.
Anyone who finds this medication is advised to return the tablets to the nearest police station, chemist, pharmacy, or to the Birkenhead Adult Mental Health Team in Stein Centre in Birkenhead (CH42 0LQ).
Best dressed so far on Ladies Day
Those hours of coordinating outfits, hair, shoes, hat, make-up and handbag are coming good for tens of thousands of women this morning as Ladies Day dawns.
And these pictures from our photographers show, the ladies are on their way to Aintree Racecourse for one of the biggest days in the city calendar.
Everton fans to get refund for pricey tickets
Any Evertonian travelling to the Blues’ first trip to West Ham’s brand new London Stadium on April 22 should pay no more than £20 for their match ticket.
Virgin Media are supporting the Football Supporters’ Federation’s ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign.
And as a result any fan who pays more than £20 will have the difference refunded by Virgin Media.
As long as you’re a UK resident and have a UK bank account to cash a cheque into, you can take part.
Spot yourself in the crowd
Were you in the crowd at Aintree yesterday? See if you can spot yourself in this photo gallery.
Ladies Day latest
Heavy traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A59 Warbreck Moor in both directions between Albany Road / Hall Lane and Ormskirk Road.
Josh Parry asking the big questions.